Lakes edge Jets in ‘D’ district

CHASSELL – Peyton Gast came up with a handful of big plays to help Lake Linden-Hubbell score an opening round Class D district tourney victory over Jeffers Monday night.

“Peyton (Gast) did make some big baskets,” LL-H coach Timm Gast said after his team carved out a 38-33 victory. “And we needed them … as it turned out.”

The biggest play by the sophomore forward came after the Jets tied the game at 31-31 midway through the final stanza.

Her basket from the side broke the tie and she hit two clutch free throws after that as the Lakes moved into a 6 p.m. Wednesday semifinal against Chassell.

JHS coach Joe Romano said his team, while trying hard, simply made too many mistakes.

“It was kind of typical the way we’ve been playing in the last half of the season,” Romano said. “Why, I can’t tell you.”

The Green and White were particularly ineffective in the opening quarter. They fell behind 9-0 before scoring four late points.

The Lakes managed a 13-12 lead at halftime as both teams misfired consistently in the second quarter.

Junior guard Sarah Audette sparked the Lakes into a 24-17 margin after three quarters, but also picked up her third foul.

After Audette was tagged with her fourth personal in the final stanza, coach Gast had to sit her.

That was when the Jets made a move. A pair of triples from freshman Alexa Clouthier helped bring the Range crew into 28-28 and 31-31 deadlocks.

“Sarah (Audette) is the kind of player who can play with foul troubles and still be effective,” Timm Gast said. “She knows how to play controlled.”

Romano said that Audette caused his team endless troubles with her quickness.

“She’s very good on defense … she makes them go,” Romano said. “We didn’t keep up with her.”

Audette led the 7-14 Lakes with 16 points, but also made seven steals. Peyton Gast was next with eight points and helped to keep center Haley Makela of Jeffers at bay.

“Defensively, we were strong the whole game,” Gast said. “And we didn’t allow Haley (Makela) to dominate on the boards. She averages 17 (rebounds) a game and I don’t think she had that many tonight.”

For the record, Makela hauled down 13 boards to go with a team-best seven points for Jeffers (8-13). Shelby Seppanen also had seven markers and made six steals. Clouthier and Lindsey Johnson divided 12 more markers.